Maurice Stanley Excell (c1874-1947)
1948 Obituary 
"MAURICE STANLEY EXCELL, in the course of his career, had considerable experience in municipal engineering. He became a pupil of the late Mr. Edward Cousins, M.I.C.E., consulting engineer, of Westminster, in 1891, and on the completion of his articles four years later remained in his employment as assistant and finally became chief assistant. In 1899 he was appointed chief engineering assistant at Millwall Docks and, after holding that appointment for some years, served under various local authorities as municipal engineer until 1914 when he became deputy borough surveyor and water works engineer at Tunbridge Wells. This position he retained until his retirement in 1939. He was the inventor of a protractor for determining slopes and batters for railway banks, and also invented a new system of setting out recording levels and light rails. He was the author of two books on this subject. Another of his inventions was an instrument for recording and testing the bearing capacity of soil, for use in connection with calculations for heavy foundations. Mr. Excel, whose death occurred on 6th March 1947, in his seventy-third year, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1902."